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Yorke, Matthew:

DOI: 10.1111/b.9781405151191.2007.x


the eldest son of Hiram Yorke in Shirley . The description of him in ch. 9 emphasizes his dangerous, volcanic nature, the care his parents take to propitiate him, the “sinister” side to him that seems to prefigure the emergence of a tyrant. Charlotte Brontë compares him to “an Italian stiletto in a sheath of British workmanship.” He plays little part in the action, perhaps because Charlotte Brontë had least to do with Joshua Taylor III, Mary’s eldest brother on whom the portrait is based. ... log in or subscribe to read full text

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